What makes a name a modern classic? It seems like many of the topics on this board are asking for old-fashioned but not too popular names. However when I was looking at the top 100 baby names, one name stuck out to me: Alyssa. What makes this name stick around? She hasn't really dropped (baby names are getting more diverse so while her graph might look like it's dropped significantly, she was #14 at her peak in 2003 and is holding strong at #16 in 2011.)
What are your theories? To me Alyssa sounds like a baby name of my generation (born in the mid-80's) yet she is currently enjoying worldwide popularity, making the top 100 in Canada, Australia, the US and Belgium and sits at #134 in Scotland.
Thu, 04/19/2012 - 3:53pm